Since 2004 Shmuel Herzfeld has been the Rabbi of Ohev SholomThe National Synagogue, the oldest Orthodox synagogue in Washington, DC.
His communal responsibilities include teaching classes, attending to the elderly, the youth, and the sick, and ministering to the pastoral needs of the congregation which currently includes more than 300 families.
He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and a Masters in Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University.
From 1999-2004, Rabbi Herzfeld was Associate Rabbi at The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, where he was mentored by Rabbi Avi Weiss.
He is a frequent guest columnist in newspapers and now writes regularly for Huffington Post and The Washington Post.
Rabbi Herzfeld teaches a daily Talmud class in his synagogue, at least two other weekly Torah classes in his synagogue, plus a weekly Torah class in downtown Washington D.C. at the Hudson Institute (all are welcome to attend) and a regular class on Judaism at the US Senate.
He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Dr. Rhanni Herzfeld (a Neurologist), and children Lea, Roey, Elai, Max, Shia, and Kolbi.
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